Nobody is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer as far as the baseball writers are concerned. While I had hoped that Craig Biggio would have been elected, I decided just before the announcement was made that Biggio gets in or nobody gets in but Biggio would receive the highest votes. Biggio had the highest support with 68.2% of the vote.
Jack Morris saw his name appear on only 3 more ballots than last year. Next year’s crowd does make it harder for Morris to get in. Only 67.7% voted this time for Morris. Maybe he gets in next year but it’s really hard to say at this point.
Jeff Bagwell finished third in the voting with 59.6% of the vote. His name appeared on 18 additional ballots this time around.
Mike Piazza is one of the rare catchers that has great offensive numbers. I think he will get in eventually. For those that thought he was not clean as a player, Piazza finished fourth in the voting with 57.8% with his name appearing on 329 ballots out of 569 returned.
There’s one name dropping off that concerned me: Kenny Lofton. Look at his numbers: 2428 hits, 622 stolen bases, .299 BA, .794 OPS. Now look at those of Tim Raines: 2605 H, 808 SB, .294 BA, .810 OPS. It’s amazing to say the least.
While turnout in Cooperstown will be low this July, next summer should be a big one for sure. The Expansion Era Committee meets in 2013 to determine which candidates will be inducted in the summer of 2014. They will be looking at managers such as Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, and Joe Torre.
Craig Biggio should get in on the second ballot and join those three. Jack Morris will be in his 15th and final year of eligibility by the BBWAA. It’s possible he could sneak in next year. If not, it’s up to the veterans.
It’s possible that a guy like Curt Schilling gets in down the line.
The complete list of 2014 candidates include: Moises Alou, Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Jose Cruz Jr., Ray Durham, Damion Easley, Keith Foulke, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Scott Hatteberg, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Jon Lieber, Esteban Loaiza, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Matt Morris, Mike Mussina, Trot Nixon, Hideo Nomo, Jay Payton, Kenny Rogers, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow, Shannon Stewart, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Steve Trachsel, and Jose Vidro.
The 2014 induction just might be one for the ages.